mixed martial arts

Another vision of sport: Palestre Populari in Italy, an interview with CoNaSP red gym trainers

Training at Palestra Populare Palermo, Sicily.

A report from Brighton Anti-Fascists on their meetings with trainers from two of Italy's 'red gyms', part of the National Coordination of Popular Sport (CoNaSP), on their activities in the community, how they got started and why popular sport is important.

Full transcribed interview with CoNaSP trainers Giulio (Palestra Populare Valerio Verbano) and Luigi (Palestra Popolare Palermo)

Palestra Populare Valerio Verbano, Rome.

Interview with two trainers from the National Coordination of Popular Sport (CoNaSP), a network of gyms run collectively by anti-fascists in Italy, the ideas and history behind them and some thoughts for those who might be thinking about starting their own.

An overview of Italy’s anti-fascist gyms and boxing clubs

Over the past ten years, many squats across Italy have begun opening self-organized sports centres, offering mostly (but not exclusively) combat disciplines and promoting anti-fascist values alongside a non-commercial training philosophy. In this article, we provide an overview of the antifascist sports in Italy, exploring its powerful blend of training and activism.

Monson scores win over Emelianenko

Anarchist MMA fighter scores his biggest win in recent years over Alexander Emelianenko tonight.

Jeff Monson on 'No Holds Barred' podcast: capitalism, anarchism, communism and Jon Jones

Jeff Monson was the guest on 'No Holds Barred' this week discussing politics, history, and the economics of mixed martial arts.

UFC 151 cancellation and lost fighter wages

A brief analysis of the fallout following the cancellation of UFC 151 with UFC bosses blaming one fighter for other fighters' lost wages.

Monson wins in Russia, signs new fight deal

Anarchist MMA fighter Jeff Monson chalks up another win in St Petersburg, and signs contract with Super Fight League.

Organising MMA fighters

The attempts to secure basic rights for mixed-martial arts fighters continue in the US.

Polish MMA promotion gives neo-nazi the boot

Finnish MMA fighter with nazi tattoos gets the boot from KSW in Poland

What would a boxers union look like?

This week on a recent episode of fight sport podcast No Holds Barred there's a section on the possibilities of organising boxers into a union. The discussion notes that other sports have unions and have had high-profile strikes but boxing has never had any noticable level of organising.